FRIDAY OF THE LAST WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
-From Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s Who Do You Say I Am?
Gratitude is a virtue that is appropriate for every moment of our lives. Gratitude keeps us humble people, never snobs, as we realize that every talent, every break, every breath, every success, is a gift from God. Gratitude keeps us selfless, never selfish, as we realize that as Jesus teaches, Without cost you have received; without cost you are to give. Gratitude keeps us prayerful as we express our thanks to God, the giver of all good things. Gratitude keeps us faithful when adversity comes as we remember the good to get through the bad. Gratitude keeps us open-minded and accepting as we realize that we’re no better than anybody else and that we can hardly brag or look down on anyone else, since all we have is given to us. God has been so good to us. Among His many gifts are life, health, family , talents, friends, and faith. Thank Him for those gifts. Use them to the very best of your ability and share them with others. That’s gratitude; that’s Christianity. For in the end, it’s all about giving, not getting; sharing, not hoarding; loving, not hating; forgiving, not taking revenge; helping, not harming. In the end, it’s not all about me. It’s about God and His people.
Father Bill +